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 Ratification of the Constitution Indexes | Index to Volumes 4–7: Ratification of the Constitution by the States: Massachusetts | A |  Articles of Confederation

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– settles disputes between states [1 reference]

– as act of the people [1 reference]

– adoption of [4 references]

– all people agree a new government needed [1 reference]

– alteration of is same as creating entirely new system [1 reference]

– amendment process of [13 references]

– amendments proposed to by Mass. towns [1 reference]

– amendments to should be obtained [3 references]

– Americans in Europe favor change of [2 references]

– annual elections of delegates to Congress [2 references]

– apportionment of federal expenses under [10 references]

– gives more power to raise armies than Constitution will [1 reference]

– Article II of limiting Congress to expressly delegated powers [2 references]

– Article III quoted [1 reference]

– Article XIII [4 references]

– has no bill of rights [1 reference]

– a bulwark of liberty [2 references]

– cannot be repaired [1 reference]

– no checks and balances in [2 references]

– Constitution is safer than [1 reference]

– has proper checks upon power [1 reference]

– as a compact [3 references]

– compared against new Constitution [7 references]

– is a confederation of states [1 reference]

– Constitution alters significantly [2 references]

– Constitution dissolves Confederation [1 reference]

– Constitution is no more dangerous than [2 references]

– Constitution violates [20 references]

– Constitutional Convention called only to amend [19 references]

– Constitutional Convention found it too difficult to amend [1 reference]

– contains things that Antifederalists condemn in Constitution [2 references]

– continuation of does not endanger Union [1 reference]

– corruption unlikely under [2 references]

– as a covenant among the states [2 references]

– created when Americans wanted to preserve as many liberties as possible [2 references]

– and creation of new states under [2 references]

– a dead letter [2 references]

– defective [72 references]

– deranged state of [1 reference]

– easier to amend than to create a new form of government [1 reference]

– and equal state representation in Congress under [2 references]

– described as creating a federal republic [3 references]

– formed by states [1 reference]

– framers of praised [1 reference]

– framers’ of stance on Constitution [1 reference]

– Franklin had opposed separation of powers for government of confederation [1 reference]

– good parts of transferred to Constitution [1 reference]

– described as a government of convenience and caprice [1 reference]

– government is democratical under [1 reference]

– government under as diplomatic body [1 reference]

– Hancock’s first amendment consonant with second article of [1 reference]

– inexpensive method of government provided by [1 reference]

– inviolability of [1 reference]

– made by whole people [1 reference]

– Mass. Convention reads various sections [1 reference]

– must be considered a sacred document [1 reference]

– new Constitution should improve upon [1 reference]

– no provision for Congress prohibiting slave trade [2 references]

– no restriction in on Congress raising a standing army [1 reference]

– number of delegates to Congress under [2 references]

– old apportionment in Congress detrimental to Mass. [1 reference]

– only delegates recommendatory powers to Congress [1 reference]

– opposition to state equality of in Congress under [1 reference]

– perpetual [2 references]

– powers given to Congress are paramount to state laws [1 reference]

– praise of [4 references]

– no property qualifications under [2 references]

– public faith will be lost if Americans abandon [1 reference]

– Randolph thought it was less defective than presumed [1 reference]

– ratification of [1 reference]

– ratification of delayed by Maryland [1 reference]

– recall of members of Congress [4 references]

– rejection of argument that Constitution violates [1 reference]

– republican spirit and genius of [7 references]

– restrains Congress from adopting Constitution [1 reference]

– more restrictions on members of Congress than for Senators under Constitution [1 reference]

– restrictions on states’ power under [2 references]

– is right government for U.S. [1 reference]

– rotation in office requirement of [10 references]

– same arguments used against as are now used against Constitution [1 reference]

– should be restricted to small geographic area [1 reference]

– should not be revised frequently [1 reference]

– signed by Gerry and Francis Dana [1 reference]

– states have not lived up to letter or spirit of [1 reference]

– still in effect if Constitution is not adopted [2 references]

– taxation by valuation of land fails under [1 reference]

– taxation under primarily on land [1 reference]

– term of delegates to Congress [1 reference]

– and treaties [2 references]

– Union cannot be maintain under [2 references]

– weakness of has deleterious effect on state constitutions [1 reference]

– will never provide an efficient federal government [1 reference]

– as worst possible form of government [1 reference]

– described as a metaphor [5 subentries]

See Also

See also Amendments to Articles of Confederation

See also Congress under Articles of Confederation

See also Economic conditions under the Confederation

See also Political conditions under Articles of Confederation